All-Ireland SHC Round 2 fixtures: Rivalries renewed as Clare face Wexford
Defending All-Ireland champions Tipperary drawn to play Cork in the second round
Davy Fitzgerald and Wexford have been drawn to play Clare in the All-Ireland qualifiers. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho
Next weekend sees a further nine matches scheduled, as the All-Ireland football and hurling championships hurtle to their Christmas conclusion. By next Sunday evening, just 10 matches will remain in the GAA senior season.
Monday morning’s All-Ireland hurling qualifier draw threw out two box-office pairings for Saturday afternoon with Cork and Tipp meeting in Limerick while the Clare and Wexford match in Portlaoise renews the rivalry of former All-Ireland winning team-mates Brian Lohan and David Fitzgerald.
The counties met in this year’s league with Lohan emerging with the bragging rights after a good win in Wexford.
There was no hand shake between the managers that afternoon and asked had they spoken, Lohan simply said, “no” and moved on to the next question whereas Fitzgerald deflected: “Listen, that keeps ye boys busy for the week; it’s nothing to do with me whatsoever.”
On the day, Clare held out for a three-point win, 0-18 to 0-15, playing with just 14 for well over half the match after captain John Conlon received a red card in the 29th minute. Conlon remains injured for the upcoming qualifier.
A familiar feature on the day back in February was the form of Tony Kelly, who has been shooting the lights out in the current championship. In Chadwicks Wexford Park, he scored 0-12, including two from play and has averaged 0-15 in his two championship matches to date.
Historically, the counties have met six times in the qualifier era and the only win to date for Wexford was coincidentally when Fitzgerald was managing Clare, who at that stage were All-Ireland champions, after a replay in 2014.
The other qualifier pairing, Cork v Tipperary, is a regular feature of the Munster championship where they have met 10 times in the past 20 years. Three previous meetings have been in the All-Ireland stages and in three different formats.
Six years ago Tipperary gave then Munster champions Cork a comprehensive beating in the All-Ireland semi-finals whereas, in 2007, Tipp surprisingly won a group match in the round-robin qualifiers and three years previously Cork were winners - en route to All-Ireland success - in a knockout qualifier in Killarney.
Meanwhile in Ulster football, the venues for the weekend’s semi-finals have been announced. Champions Donegal face Armagh in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday and on Sunday last year’s finalists Cavan play Down in Armagh’s Athletic Grounds.
GAA fixtures weekend November 14th and 15th
Saturday 14th November
Leinster SHC final: Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, 6.15, [Live, RTÉ 2]
Ulster SFC semi-final: Donegal v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni, 1.15, [Live, Sky Sports Mix]
All-Ireland SHC round 2: Tipperary v Cork, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 4.0 [Live Sky Sports Mix]; Wexford v Clare, MW Hire O’Moore Park, 2.0 [Live, GAAGO]-
Sunday 15th November
Munster SHC final: Limerick v Waterford, Semple Stadium, 4.0 [Live RTÉ]
Connacht SFC final: Galway v Mayo, Pearse Stadium, 1.30 [Live, RTÉ]
Leinster SFC semi-finals: Meath v Kildare, Croke Park, Croke Park, 1.0, [RTÉ News Now]; Dublin v Laois, Croke Park, 3.30, [RTÉ News Now]
Ulster SFC semi-final: Cavan v Down, Athletic Grounds, 1.30 [Live, BBC NI]